Egyptians have always bragged about their coastlines, and rightfully so. We're talking the Mediterranean and the Red Sea – people literally dream of visiting them at some point in their lives. Some Egyptians get to have these stunners as the backdrops to their everyday lives, which unfortunately means they sometimes lose their novelty and become an ordinary part of our everyday routine. It's about time we zoom out and rediscover them, don't you think?
Cue Egypt Miles, The Door, and Egyptian adventurer Galal Zekri-Chatila.
We've seen Egypt through a lot of different lenses, but what these guys set out to do with their new documentary, Coast to Coast, is give you insight on Egypt through a more unique perspective: through the eyes of a cyclist and adventurer. Throughout the documentary, Galal – who's previously cycled all of Egypt and now leads long-distance cycling trips through The NS Crossing – cycles 1,700 km along the coasts of Egypt, from Marsa Matrouh to Shalateen. The route? Marsa Matrouh, Alexandria, Rashid, Baltim, Dumyat, Ras el Bar, Port Said, Ismailia, El Suez, Sokhna, Zaafarana, Rash Ghareb, Hurghada, Safaga, El Quseir, Marsa Allam, El Qulaan, and finally Shalateen.
"It took us 18 days to cover the whole distance; a full film crew – three production units traveling at the same time to catch all the details of every place we visit," Galal shares. Along the journey different people accompany Galal and cycle with him, at which point Galal also becomes a host and not just a cyclist. While cycling and exploring the different places, they had the chance to meet the locals of the coastal cities and see their turf through their eyes. "We had several encounters with the locals," he shares. "We love food, so expect a lot of local food."
Egypt Miles is a Youtube Channel that aims to explore Egypt through adventurous, entertaining shows like Coast to Coast, which is set to air soon –just keep your eyes on their social media channels.